Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Married, and How Close Is She With Her Family?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her mother being sworn in to Congress
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her mother | Ocasio-Cortez via Instagram

There’s no question Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has certainly had her hands full of late with that astounding win over the 10-term 14th Congressional District incumbent, Robert Crowley. What many don’t realize about Ocasio-Cortez is that she’s been driven to succeed from a very early age.

With the help of her close-knit extended family, Ocasio-Cortez was allowed opportunities that might have otherwise eluded her. Because of that, she’s maintained a sense of purpose to help and speak for others who haven’t been afforded the same voice.

Ocasio-Cortez also continues to balance her relationship with her live-in “partner,” Riley Roberts. The two met while students at Boston University and Roberts moved from his native Arizona to New York to be with Ocasio-Cortez.

Who is Riley Roberts?

In an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez stated that, while newly elected to Congress, she still had to wait three months for the swearing-in before she could draw a salary. In the meantime, she needed to rent a Washington, D.C. apartment to begin working. With rents averaging $2,700 in the capital, it poses some real challenges.

At that point, Ocasio-Cortez mentioned that she and her partner, Roberts, were “dealing with the logistics of [the move] day by day.” Even though they maintain a low-profile romance, he is very much a part of her life. They’ve resided in a Parkchester, Bronx, apartment together since graduating college.

Roberts graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from BU in 2011, the same year as Ocasio-Cortez. He went on to also complete his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Questrom School of Business in 2012. Robert’s LinkedIn profile states that he is a UX Growth Consultant who helps subscription startups.

Who is the Ocasio-Cortez family?

Ocasio-Cortez lived in the Bronx with her parents and brother until relatives assisted them with a move to Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, New York. Her architect father, a Bronx native of Puerto Rican heritage and her mother, a Puerto Rican immigrant, wanted better educational opportunities for their children.

Dividing her time between the affluence of Westchester County and the Parkchester neighborhood of her relatives, Ocasio-Cortez developed an early recognition between social classes. She understood what advantages she’d been offered early in her life, and that shaped her drive to succeed and help others.

When her father died of cancer during her sophomore year at Boston University (BU), he did not have a will in place. As a result, his estate lingered in probate court and potentially threatened her family’s Yorktown home with foreclosure.

Ocasio-Cortez’s mother did what she needed to

She drove a bus and cleaned houses. Once Ocasio-Cortez graduated from BU, she also did her part to assist her family.

She not only started a children’s book publishing company, Brook Avenue Press, she also worked as an educator for the National Hispanic Institute. To pull in all that she could, Ocasio-Cortez also worked as a waitress and bartender to supplement her income.

Ocasio-Cortez’s experiences on both sides of the economic divide have helped shape her drive and energy for creating a more accessible world for all socio-economic classes of people. It’s also one of the most profound reasons why she’s so relatable.

Her background has provided Ocasio-Cortez with a true insight that few have the opportunity to experience.  She’s caught on in a big way; just check in with any one of her 780,000 followers on Instagram. “She shares her true emotions.” That’s a sort of confidence one has in herself when she’s been raised with strong and healthy family values.